Merchant Vessels & Workboats: Götheborg


Talking but Tall Ships − Götheborg is the world's largest operational wooden sailing vessel. It is a sailing replica of an 18th century Swedish East Indiaman. The original sank off Gothenburg, Sweden 1745 while approaching its home harbour after returning from her third voyage to China. It was indeed an emotional day 18 April 2005 when the first trial under sail began.


Loipart has provided the Swedish East-Indiaman with a complete and well functioning modern galley as well as dishwashing and laundry appliances including pre-planning/design, installation and after-sales service.

Old fashioned style and high tech

Loipart has been working hard to arrange the best possible working condition for the chefs on-board.

Kristian Vidfar with Loipart, says:

− It is fascinating to board this ship in an old fashioned style, but two decks below you’ll find a shining food-service area with all the latest technology. We were given certain conditions for the project and we’ve certainly tried to make the best of it. The galley is quite small and so space is limited. Therefore we had to make a very “compact galley” and stuff it with the best products possible.

Galley provider Götheborg

Efficient manner for a crew of 80 persons

The sponsorship started with a mission to design the galley back in 2001. Stefan Peterson, designer:

− The whole project came out very successful. However, to my mind a more central positioning of the galley toward the ships central point would be more optimal, for easier distribution of food to the crew and for minimizing the rolling movement for chefs working when sailing the high waves out at sea. But most important is that the chefs can create basically any kind of food they want in an efficient manner for a crew of 80 persons – or more.

Working “down under” in the galley

Many questions arose during pre-planning, i.e.: When the whole living and working environment is rocking and rolling 24 hours a day, how do you make life easier for the poor guys working “down under” in the galley? Where shall all raw produce (fresh/dry/cold/frozen) be stored and kept during the long ocean voyages? How to construct a frying table with a horizontal and steady frying surface? (The answer is a special made gyro-table), how is the ship actually rolling in different winds and waves and how must the dishwasher be placed considering above?

A USPH project

Before installing of the machines however, Loipart’s installation team “decorated” all bulkheads with the finest tailor-made stainless steel panels and customized ventilation canopies. The type of s/s panels used on board the East Indiaman are normally intended for USPH projects were hygiene demands are extremely high.

Galley provider Götheborg

Dry bread, salted fish and water

It can’t be stressed too much − good food is probably one of the most important issues on a ship, especially during long voyages where everybody’s looking forward to the next “gastronomic event”. And should the weather be not peaceful – well, then cooking food might not be a problem after all due to everybody’s being struck by seasickness. In such a case the menu will perhaps be like in the 18th century − dry bread, salted fish and water.

Nevertheless we are concluding that SOIC and Loipart together have completed the “impossible mission”: a state of the art galley in an 18th century ship!

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